Before You Arrive

Finding a Place to Live

Family packing boxes to move


Newcomers to Toronto will find a number of different housing options that are clean, safe, affordable and either temporary or permanent.

 If you arrive in the City with nowhere to stay, there are many short-term alternatives, such as hotels, hostels, and vacant university residences, but those can be costly. Also be aware that there can be a long waiting list for many rent-geared-to-income housing units.


 Looking for a Place to Rent

There are a number of ways to find a rental home. Check classified advertisements in Toronto community newspapers, rental magazines and websites. You can also walk or drive around looking for "For Rent" signs.

There may be additional costs that you should prepare for. Utilities (water, heat, hydro) may not be included in the cost of your rent and are never included in the cost of your mortgage. Other additional costs include telephone service, internet and television cable fees.

Finding Low Income Housing

Housing Connections provides a one-stop housing solution for people looking for affordable housing in Toronto. They provide a range of housing types from shelters to shared accommodation to self-contained units, with varying levels of support services for tenants in all buildings. These projects help with the difficult transition from homelessness to temporary shelter to permanent accommodation.

Toronto Community Housing can also help. This is home to more than 164,000 tenants living in communities across Toronto. If you are interested in making Toronto Community Housing your home you can find the necessary application here.

Finding Long-Term Care 

Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services is owned and operated by the City of Toronto and is directly accountable to Toronto City Council. As a major provider of long-term care in Toronto, it offers many services to the community and residents in 10 long-term care homes.

Buying a Home

If you are considering buying a house, a townhouse or condominium, check local newspapers and new home magazines for listings of homes for sale. Take a walk or drive around neighbourhoods and communities that you may be interested in and watch for a "For Sale" sign. A real estate agent or broker can help you look for and find a home. To find a real estate agent or broker, check the Yellow Pages, the Gold Book or similar business directories under Real Estate.